There's no nice way to say this: interesting and new apps were a bit thin on the ground in September. Maybe it was the double-threat of new announcements from both Google and Apple that scared off developers, or maybe they're all hung up on ancient Green Day lyrics. Either way, things were looking pretty sparse, but we still managed to find a few interesting tidbits for you. Here are our top seven and a few honorable mentions.
Android Police coverage: Khan Academy's Android App Is Out Of Beta And Available To Everyone
Khan Academy is an admirable collection of free college-style courses on a variety of technical topics. The best part: it's free. While you can't actually use most of this stuff towards a degree (you have to pay for that paper, of course), it's still an incredible wealth of information. The Android app lets you access all of Khan's online courses and materials in an impressively well-organized way on your phone or tablet. Hit the books, kid.
Khan Academy is now on Android.
- You can learn anything — for free: Over 10,000 videos and explanations at your fingertips in math, science, economics, history, and much, much more
- Quickly find what you need: Redesigned navigation and search make it faster to find what you want
- Keep learning even when you’re offline: Bookmark your favorite content to “Your List” (phone only) for easy access, and download it to keep learning even when you’re not connected to the internet.
- Pick up where you left off: Your learning syncs between your Android and khanacademy.org, so your progress is always up-to-date
Cloud tools are all well and good, but sometimes you want to keep all of your private files, well, private. DAEMON Sync lets you do just that, backing up photos and videos on your phone to a PC on your local network (after you install the server, of course) then making regular backups. You can also share and sync the files with other Android or iOS devices - very handy if you want to keep a consistent local database without sending anything over the Internet.
Introducing the first truly private cloud solution. Backup, sync, share and browse your photos or videos within the local wireless network. No internet access required. You don’t need to register anywhere, don’t need to enter your email or create login and password. Share your media files between Android and iOS devices, automatically sync with server in background, when you are connected the same Wi-Fi network.
If you're a dedicated deal-hunter, you no doubt know about Woot, Amazon's daily deal portal. For some reason it's taken them until now to release an Android app - actually a little longer, since it's still in beta. If you'd like an easy way to access Woot's various sub-pages and snarky descriptions, head to this tester page and sign up for the Play Store beta... or just download the file directly from APK Mirror.
TPG by American Red Cross
The Red Cross is back with another mobile app, but this time it's for nurses, doctors, medical technicians, and other hospital staff. TPG stands for Transfusion Practice Guidelines, and it's a peer-reviewed set of best practices for drawing and transfusing blood. Separate guidelines for red blood cells, platelets, and plasma, plus dose calculators, appendices, and other resources are included. It's a free download for anyone. Keep up the great work, Red Cross!
The new American Red Cross TPG App is an easy-to-use resource that gives hospital staff immediate access to blood usage guidelines to help improve patient care. The TPG App is the mobile version of the Compendium of Transfusion Practice Guidelines, a review of blood usage guidelines published in English in peer-reviewed journals from the Red Cross.
Android Police coverage: Splyce Mixes And Orders Your Songs By BPM, Acts Like A Cool Automated DJ Who's Always With You
Splyce is an interesting take on local music players, applying some of the automatic functions of online radio to your personal collection. Specifically, it's designed to mix and re-order songs with similar beats, making it kind of like a robot DJ. The interface is also pretty nifty thanks to gesture-based controls, and sticklers can choose between three mixing modes and six song transitions.
Live a whole new music experience with Splyce. The most beautiful music player with magical DJ powers. For a mind blowing experience with your music, just select your favorite songs, order them (we’ll help you with BPM’s and visual clues) and click play. It’s really that simple. But Splyce has a lot more to offer: it will mix (for real) your music, you can select the mix mode and the mixing time that will allow you to throw the best parties in town. It’s like having your own DJ always with you.
Cocktailer - Cocktail Recipes
There are plenty of apps out there that will teach you how to make various cocktails, but none of them are quite so pretty as Cocktailer. With a Material Design interface that shows you proportions of ingredients quickly, it makes it super-simple even for beer chuggers like me to make a decent mixed drink. The app also includes a favorites feature and searches by ingredient, for those times when your cabinet is running a little low.
Cocktailer is a simple app created to help you easily find recipes for your favorite cocktails. With a stunning material design user interface, colourful visuals and simple descriptions, it has never been easier to find cocktail recipes as well as discover new ones.
- Each Cocktail has its own unique material design visual
- Beautiful animations provide you with a lovely way to find your new favorite drink
- Search by ingredient - simply pick the ingredients you've got at home and see which cocktails you are able to make
- Found a cocktail you love? Add it to your favorites or share it with your friends
- Know of a drink which hasn't been added to the app? Submit it and it might be included in an upcoming update
- Easily explore new cocktails after an update by viewing the 'what's new' page
- Unfamiliar with an ingredient? Just tap on it to create a search for the ingredient online
- Option of 3 measurement units to choose from
Listen up, boys and girls: you can't be an international technology company anymore without having a dedicated mobile payment system. Samsung's is the creatively-named Samsung Pay, and it's now available on the latest generation of Galaxy S, Edge, and Note devices. If your phone is compatible, you probably already have a Samsung Pay app icon in your drawer - just download the update on your phone and you should be good to go. If you activate Samsung Pay on a Galaxy Note 5 or S6 Edge+, you get a free charger or flip case.
Samsung Pay is accepted almost anywhere you can swipe or tap your credit card.It makes transactions super easy. Just swipe up to launch the app, secure with your fingerprint, and hover over the card reader to pay. And it’s safe — your purchases remain yours alone. Samsung Pay uses several layers of security. It keeps your payment information separate and doesn’t store or share it, so you can pay without worry.
- Microsoft Send
- Adidas Snapshot
- Pay Your Selfie
- Buzzfeed News
- Free Basics by Facebook
- BB-8 App Enabled Droid
That's it for September. Remember that we track Android Wear apps and watch faces separately - Ryan posted a gigantic one a couple of weeks ago. Hopefully the launch of new Nexus devices and Android 6.0 will make October a little more interesting in terms of new apps.